Customs at PTML Command rakes in N165bn

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  • Facilitates N832.9bn exports

The Port and Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has Collected a whopping sum of N165 billion revenue for the Federal Government.

The amount was generated within nine months of its operations,
from January to September, 2021.

The Customs Area Controller, (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Festus Okun, made this known through the Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Muhammad.

He informed :
“The amount realised shows an increase of N26, 986,656,533.00 billion above N138, 034,958,112.00 billion collected within same period last year.
This represents 20 percent increase of the Command’s revenue”.

He pointed out :
“The CAC always improves revenue collection strategies by blocking possible areas of leakages. He ensures collection of identified shortfalls through Demand Notices (DNs), promotes trade facilitation and achieves seamless cargo clearance for compliant importers without compromising national security and interest.

“The Command was able to put more measures in place on areas of capacity building for officers, strengthening of dispute resolution committee and building strong quality service delivery, thus engendering ease of doing business. We have a functional help-desk while we keep our doors open to stakeholder for direct access.”

According to him :
“Issuance of Demand Notices from uncovered revenue shortfalls within the period under review amounted to N865, 449,258.00”.

Giving analysis on import activities of the Command, he said;
“In the months under review, a total of 145 ships berthed at PTML terminal carrying 26,613 containers and 171,491 imported vehicles”.

“On export trade, he explained :
“The Command handled export goods with a total tonnage of Seventy- thousand (118,460,38) metric tons, with total Free on Board (FOB) value of N832.9billion.”

While commending the officers and men of the Command for their patriotism and commitment to national interest, Comptroller OKun urged them to double their efforts in achieving more resounding feat by end of 2021.

He also advised officers to continually uphold the tenets of honesty and service as exemplified by the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali and the entire Service Management Team.
The CAC urged newly promoted officers in the Command to justify the confidence reposed in them by being selfless in discharging their duties.

The CAC described PTML as a model port with many advantages for Importers and exporters, urging them to increase their level of compliance.
He reiterated that four-hour clearance time for compliant Roll on Roll off (RoRo) cargoes is very much subsisting.

He added :
“PTML provides opportunity for vehicle importation with speedy clearance being a model RoRo port that should discourage car smuggling through land borders.”

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